By Lisa Marchant

I’ve been doing a variety of workouts the past few months which keeps my body guessing and keeps me from getting bored. I also find that this method has always helped me to stay in the best physical shape.

Today, instead of taking yoga, which I love and you all know I am obsessed with, I opted for my own workout. Immediately after high school I started working out with free weights, machines, and my body weight, so this is nothing new for me. I’ve just shy’d away from it the last few years, to pursue a variety of other workouts.

It didn’t hurt that I had insane motivation from watching the new Tomb Raider movie last night! Can I just say Alicia Vikander, you are one bad ass Laura Croft! You are the ultimate role model of a strong, courageous, confident women. Yaaaaaaaaasssssss

My workout consisted of a total body workout, because why stop at one or two body parts? I used strength training, free weights, cables, machines, bodyweight, and finished it off with a 3 mile run at my max speed and explosive sprints. Needless to say, I could barely walk or breathe, but that made me oh so happy because I knew I killed it!

We are capable of waaaaaaaaay more than our minds think we are. I know you have heard this a million times, but I prove this to myself over and over again, especially on days where I train this hard. As I was running, my mind kept telling me that my body was exhausted and wanted to stop. Everything is harder, when you train harder. It’s tough to keep your breath steady and your alignment strong. The practice of mindfulness, yes mindfulness, really comes into play. You must keep your mind in check. It takes a sort of mind mastery, to push through extreme challenge and not quit.

I was on the brink of nausea for about a mile, my side started to ache, and my legs felt like jello. I had to mentally tell myself to take deep steady breaths, and affirm that “I am strong and I can do this”. Anyone who runs, knows what I mean. There are all sorts of things that make us want to quit when we are this challenged. You are pushing your body to go beyond what it thinks is possible. But, it can and it will. You just have to tell it what to do, not let your body decide for you. You have to take charge and keep going, even when you think you can’t.

I promise this will bring you incredible satisfaction! It’s an epic display of mind/body strength and determination. You feel unstoppable. And for me, it directly relates to life.

We often deal with challenges, and we are tempted to quit and give up when things get really tough. But the truth is, the very thing we want is just past the point of quitting, just past the point of giving up. So keep going, prove your mind does not have power over you. Get what you want. Finish strong!

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